Cobra Golf, a leader in golf club innovation have introduced the 2019 KING F9 SPEEDBACK Drivers & Fairways. For the first time in the metal woods category, the SPEEDBACK family of metal woods achieves true optimisation of aerodynamics and a low centre-of-gravity.
The KING F9 driver features breakthrough SPEEDBACK Technology, which, for the first time in golf, successfully combines a highly aerodynamic clubhead shape with low CG. SPEEDBACK is a game-changing advancement in the way a driver is engineered. The combination of an efficient aerodynamic shape and an engineered weight structure on the sole, improves club speed while maintaining a low, deep CG to create the most efficient transfer of energy to the ball. Utilising a CNC Precision Milled Face, created using industry-leading face manufacturing technology, allows for a thinner and hotter face design that has shown ball speed increases up to 1.5 mph when tested against a traditional, hand-polished face. These technologies fuse to deliver the ultimate formula for speed and extreme distance.
To create this more aerodynamic SPEEDBACK Shape, COBRAengineers raised the perimeter skirt, aft (tail) and crown, and rounded the leading edges to reduce drag and improve speed and stability. These performance technologies and design innovations deliver a truly “AEROFICIENT” driver.
“This year, COBRA engineers have taken aerodynamic performance to the next level. We believe we’ve found the ultimate formula for speed as true aerodynamic innovation and low CG has never been combined this successfully,” said Tom Olsavsky, Vice President of R&D, COBRA Golf.
“Our SPEEDBACK Technology blends a more efficient aerodynamic shape with a lower, deeper CG, and our thinnest, hottest CNC Milled Face design to deliver unparalleled speed, distance and precision in our F9 Metalwoods.”
Continually pushing the boundaries of innovation, COBRA engineers have developed golf’s first ultralight carbon wrap crown design that wraps around the body, delivering a 12% larger carbon fibre area, saving 10 grams of weight compared to a titanium crown driver. 360 Aero Technology utilises lightweight polymer crown trips and titanium sole trips positioned relative to the direction of airflow around the clubhead, further helping to reduce drag. Strategically placed PWR Ridges are designed to enhance aerodynamics and add rigidity to the carbon crown structure creating more energy return and more power to the ball to maximise speed and distance.
COBRA continues to utilise its proprietary, CNC Precision Milled driver face, which utilises a precise CNC milling process, to deliver its thinnest, hottest face repeatedly on every driver manufactured. CNC precision milling allows COBRA engineers to achieve more precise face thickness and tighter tolerances compared to the manual hand polishing method used on traditional drivers, resulting in improved bulge-and-roll curvatures and a face that is 3% thinner and 10% lighter. For the first time, with the precision of CNC milling, all new E9 Speed Tuned Technology optimises the bottom roll curvatures on the face of each driver to tune launch & spin for different swing speeds and attack angles.
The KING F9 SPEEDBACK driver (RRP £349) is constructed using a lightweight 8-1-1 Titanium body and face that spares weight, allowing engineers to position the CG low and deep. COBRA’s patented E9 Technology features a variable thickness face designed with an elliptical pattern Sweet Zone, creating more hot spots farther away from the centre to maximise distance on miss-hits. Dual Roll Technology optimises top and bottom face curvatures, which are CNC precision milled to exact specs on every driver, to minimise gear effect that negatively impacts launch and spin on misses.
The 2019 KING F9 SPEEDBACK Drivers & Fairways (along with the full KING F9 family of products including irons & hybrids) will continue to employ COBRA CONNECT Powered by Arccos, the award-winning connected golf system that helps players of all skill levels make smarter, data-driven decisions. Electronically embedded sensors in the grip automatically record the distance and accuracy of every shot so golfers can track their improvements round-to-round.
The KING F9 SPEEDBACK Fairway (RRP £219) is the first of its kind to feature a CNC Precision Milled Face, which, according to test results, delivers up to 2.5mph in increased ball speed, compared to traditional hand polished fairway faces.
The KING F9 SPEEDBACK Tour Fairway utilises all the game-changing technologies in the regular SPEEDBACK Fairway but in a more compact, shape preferred by better players. Furthermore, the Tour model features a forward CG position leading to a more penetrating ball flight with reduced spin for more control or workability.
All F9 products are available at retail at the end of January 2019. For more information on the full KING F9 family visit, http://www.cobragolf.co.uk.